How to Make Handmade Cards

A handmade card is always welcome to a loved one’s mailbox, and it can be more personal than purchasing a generic card at a store. Make cards ahead of time and store them in a file folder for the appropriate month so you’ll have a nice collection to pull from when you need a quick card.

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The first thing you’ll need to decide on for your Handmade Cards is a theme. This can be anything from a color, a sentiment, a quote or a particular embellishment. The key is to pick something the recipient will enjoy and appreciate, as it shows that you took the time to create a card just for them.

Next, consider what supplies you’ll need. Most cards will require some kind of paper or cardstock, a writing utensil and a few other basic tools. For beginners, simple, pre-scored blank cards are an easy option. Many of these include matching envelopes as well, which makes the entire card making process that much quicker and easier.

If you’re advanced in your cardmaking skills, consider investing in some specialty markers and coloring mediums. While beginner level markers are a great choice for a variety of projects, more advanced options like Copic Markers allow you to blend colors and can really bring your card designs to the next level.

Another essential item for most cards is the ribbons or bows that are used as an embellishment. To keep your ribbons from fraying, try applying a bit of clear nail polish to the ends. This will keep them looking fresh and vibrant for a long time to come.

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